Choosing the best paving material for a driveway can be a tricky process. There are so many factors to consider: cost, longevity, maintenance, and especially your specific needs as far as use is concerned. Two popular options include asphalt paving and gravel. If you are trying to choose between the two, here are the pros and cons of choosing asphalt over gravel.
A major reason to choose asphalt paving over gravel is the longevity of the material. A well-constructed asphalt driveway will last around 15-20 years. Gravel driveways, on the other hand, will have to be continually maintained and topped up with gravel nearly every year in order to remain usable. When it comes to low maintenance requirements, it's really hard to beat asphalt.
Easier Snow Removal
There is really no comparison between asphalt and gravel when it comes to snow maintenance. Without a doubt, asphalt is much easier to shovel or plow. And once it's been shoveled or plowed, it's also easier to keep snow and ice off the asphalt when compared to gravel. If you live in an area with heavy winter snowfall, it's really hard to beat the efficiency of asphalt when it comes to snow removal.
Asphalt has its fair share of dirt but doesn't kick up nearly as much dust and debris as a gravel driveway. It's by far a much cleaner option than gravel, especially when it comes to dust. You will find less dust in your home, not to mention none of the pesky gravel residue that always seems to hitch a ride into the house on the bottom of shoes and boots.
There is one major drawback to choosing asphalt over gravel and that is the initial cost. However, it's important to note that it's only the initial cost that is the issue. Because of the constant maintenance needs of gravel, especially topping up with new gravel when needed, it can end up costing just as much as asphalt but over a longer span of time. However, you can expect to pay more for asphalt up front.
Another advantage that gravel may have over asphalt is aesthetics. With gravel, you can choose different colors of rocks and border pavers. With asphalt, there is very little choice as far as looks are concerned. Gravel often has a more pleasing overall aesthetic; though for some, it's all a matter of taste.
To find out more, contact a company like General Paving & Construction.